Opening Prayer Led by Group Facilitator

Psalm 126

Pray the Psalm together aloud, alternating verses between two sides.  When finished, share reflections on the Psalm as a group

1  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

2  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

3  The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.

4  Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.

5  May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!

6  He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Joseph's Conspiracy

Genesis 44-45

1.       What do you think of Joseph’s conspiracy against his brothers?  How can a Patriarch make use of collaboration and conspiracy (“cunning as serpents and innocent as doves”) for the sake of the Kingdom?

2.       Judah’s speech reveals a lot to Joseph.  What does Judah’s speech reveal about Judah?  About Benjamin?  About the brothers?  About their father, Jacob?

3.       How has Joseph interpreted his life differently than his brothers?  How does his interpretation relieve his brothers of guilt?  How can a Patriarch take dominion over the “telling” of his own story?

4.       In Chapter 45 are the third and fourth occasions of Joseph weeping.  How does he manage it?  Who gets to witness it?  What are its effects?

5.       Pharaoh is in the 2nd year of a 7 year famine.  Given the context, what is surprising about Pharaoh’s promises?  What is his motivation?  How does a Patriarch’s success open unforeseen opportunities for those connected with him?

Prayer Partners

Discuss with your prayer partner the success/failure of your previous resolution & offer a vocal prayer for one another.